Judge says Florida district failed to provide adequate education to autistic student

May 1, 2008
Polk County must pay student's family up to $720,000

A judge has ruled that the Polk County (Fla.) district has failed to adequately educate an autistic student and now must pay up to $720,000 to give 22-year-old Andrew "Drew" Sammons a proper education. Bill and Janie Sammons have fought the district for four years, contending their son was allowed to graduate without receiving the academic instruction or training in developmental skills that the law requires disabled students be provided. Judge William F. Quattlebaum in Tallahassee sided with the family. "It is clear (the district) was either unable or unwilling to provide the appropriate services to which (Sammons) was entitled," Quattlebaum wrote.

Click here to read The Lakeland Ledger article.

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